The dangerous ladies affair

Marcia Muller

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Series
Muller, Marcia. Carpenter and Quincannon mystery.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Published
New York : Forge 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Physical Description
252 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780765381057
0765381052
Main Author
Marcia Muller (author)
Other Authors
Bill Pronzini (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The fifth in the Carpenter and Quincannon historical mystery series (following The Plague of Thieves Affair, 2016) by the esteemed husband-and-wife writing team features blackmail, adultery, and the provocative sight of young women upon bicycles in 1890s Golden Gate Park. Sabina Carpenter, a former Pinkerton operative, and ex–Secret Service agent John Quincannon are partners in a San Francisco detective agency. Quincannon has taken the case of a wealthy banker who can no longer keep up with his extortionist's demands and needs John to find the blackmailer. Sabina is helping a suffragette who has been receiving threatening letters. The chemistry between Sabina and John remains a huge part of the series' appeal. Fans who've followed the development of the pair's professional relationship will gasp in delight at an unexpected invitation that comes in the book's closing pages. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Despite being set in 19th-century San Francisco, this fifth book in the series (after The Plague of Thieves Affair) featuring ex-Pinkerton operative and ardent suffragette Sabina Carpenter and poetry-reading but quick on the draw ex-Secret Service man John Quincannon feels incredibly timely in today's political climate. This time around, the sleuthing duo have two cases brewing. Carpenter helps fellow suffragette and "New Woman" Amity Wellman identify her blackmailer; Wellman had received a series of threatening letters after asserting a woman's right to conduct her own sexual affairs without the fear of retribution. Meanwhile, Quincannon is probing a locked-room murder and another blackmailer who has returned for a second helping of funds from an anxious banker. VERDICT While the two cases don't always mesh cleanly, coauthors Muller and Pronzini deftly tackle historical problems through the lens of their progressive detecting pair, allowing readers to extrapolate issues such as antifeminism and the value of protesting into a modern context. Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In MWA grand masters Muller and Pronzini's sprightly fifth mystery set in late 19th-century San Francisco (after 2016's The Plague of Thieves), Sabina Carpenter, an ardent suffragette, bicycling enthusiast, and self-described New Woman ("the term used to describe the modern woman who broke with the traditional role of wife and mother by working outside the home"), investigates death threats received by her new friend Amity Wellman, a Votes for Women activist. Meanwhile, poetry-reading but handy-with-his-fists John Quincannon, Sabina's partner in Professional Detective Services, tracks down the mastermind of a blackmailing scheme and tackles a locked-room murder. The reader gets a glimpse of "less than respectable" theater performances, passenger ships on the Sacramento River, and anti-suffragette protestors, as well as being treated to the delicate unfolding of tender feelings between the two protagonists. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Jan.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

For the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, stopping extortionists is not only grand, but excitingly lucrative. When a pleasant afternoon's bicycling through Golden Gate Park with a friend ends with the revelation of threatening letters, followed by a gunshot in a mansion garden, Sabina Carpenter knows this is a case that demands her immediate and undivided attention.The questions her partner John Quincannon has to unravel are not difficult: Wrixton, a wealthy banker, has met his extortionist's first demand, but the order to pay another $5,000 is too much to face. The banker's real problem is something he doesn't want to reveal. That was fine with the detective, and when he was informed that some private letters were involved and Wrixton absolutely needed them back, there was nothing more Quincannon needed in the way of background. As with so many of San Francisco's elite, the bedroom doors never seemed to stay shut. That was the easy part; far more difficult was the matterof the dead courier, murdered most foully in a locked room within a locked room, creating a trail that will take John Quincannon through most of San Francisco's less savory places and end with a riverboat trip that is anything but a relaxing cruise.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Hired by a wealthy banker to nab an extortionist who has threatened to reveal personal secrets unless he receives more money, John Quincannon and Sabina Carpenter find the case turning deadly when a courier is found dead in a locked room.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Hired by a wealthy banker to undermine an extortionist who has threatened to reveal personal secrets unless he receives multiple grand sums, John Quincannon and Sabina Carpenter find the case turning deadly when a courier is found dead in a locked room.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

For the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, stopping extortionists is not only grand, but excitingly lucrative.

When a pleasant afternoon’s bicycling through Golden Gate Park with a friend ends with the revelation of threatening letters, followed by a gunshot in a mansion garden, Sabina Carpenter knows this is a case that demands her immediate and undivided attention.

The questions her partner John Quincannon has to unravel are not difficult: Wrixton, a wealthy banker, has met his extortionist's first demand, but the order to pay another $5,000 is too much to face. The banker’s real problem is something he doesn't want to reveal. That was fine with the detective, and when he was informed that some private letters were involved and Wrixton absolutely needed them back, there was nothing more Quincannon needed in the way of background. As with so many of San Francisco’s elite, the bedroom doors never seemed to stay shut.

That was the easy part; far more difficult was the matter of the dead courier, murdered most foully in a locked room within a locked room, creating a trail that will take John Quincannon through most of San Francisco’s less savory places and end with a riverboat trip that is anything but a relaxing cruise.

The Dangerous Ladies Affair is the next thrilling installment in this charming historical mystery series from MWA Grand Masters Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini.

The Carpenter and Quincannon Mysteries:
#1 The Bughouse Affair
#2 The Spook Lights Affair
#3 The Body Snatchers Affair
#4 The Plague of Thieves Affair
#5 The Dangerous Ladies Affair
#6 The Bags of Tricks Affair